Min. Louis Farrakhan, national representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and the Lost Found Nation of Islam in the West, held a special janazah service (funeral) at their national headquarters in Chicago at their sacred Mosque Maryam this past Saturday, August 3, in honor of his top student, Min. Dr. Ava Muhammad.
Min. Ava Muhammad was a long sought after public speaker, educator, lawyer, minister and the national spokesperson of the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. She accepted Islam in Harlem in 1981 under then Min. Karriem Muhammad (aka The General) of Muhammad Mosque No.7. She became a staunch defender of Min. Farrakhan throughout the country and the world. The minister counted her as one of his best ministers.
“She’s a star of God,” stated Minister Farrakhan. “Stars don’t die. Their light goes out but the light of the star travels through time and space even though the star is billions of light years away when it died, but it’s reaching us now.” He went on to describe her work and the significance of her work as it relates spiritually and metaphorically to the light of a star, “Min. Ava is a star, her life was extinguished in death but down to the ages, people are going to read what she wrote and listen to the words that she spoke,” the minister eloquently equated.
“My mom’s prayer, sacrifice, her life and her death was all for Allah,” said Sister Cherelle Muhammad, daughter of Min. Ava and Brother Darius Muhammad holding back her tears. “She worked hard on her book ‘Naturally Beautiful,’ to ensure that women and girls would have a reminder of how naturally beautiful they are.” “She would counsel people on their personal and marriage issues and leave them in high spirits.” “My mom was fully invested in her Nation, she willingly gave her time, her talents, her mind, her spirit and her very being to the Nation of Islam,” Sister Cherelle added.
A letter of condolences was read by the national assistant to the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan, Min. Ishmael Muhammad from the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, who noted, “I was very impressed to learn about Min. Dr. Muhammad’s life working as an attorney serving as a legal adviser to the Nation of Islam and as the national spokesperson for Min. Louis Farrakhan. Serving as a member of the Nation of Islam executive council, making history as the first Muslim woman in modern history to hold a position of authority over a Mosque anywhere in the world. Her work as a much sought after national speaker and her love for her family, friends and community. As you mourn the loss of Min. Dr. Ava Muhammad, I hope you find comfort in her memory. Her legacy will always symbolize the values of hard work, integrity, community and compassion, strength, and humility. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you who knew and loved her,” statement from the mayor.
“Min. Ava’s love for Allah in the person of Master Fard Muhammad, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan was tireless and immense. “Ava loved purely,” Min. Farrakhan reflected. “She was a special woman. She fed from a word and she was faithful to that word. And because she was faithful to that word, she was faithful to what that word came to us to do. To resurrect us from a dead level,” exuberantly stated by Min. Farrakhan.
Sister Ava’s janazah was replete with salutes, from the audience who travelled far and near, along with the full honor guards in uniform who stood around her coffin, which represented the spiritual and military honors given to members of the Nation of Islam.
Min. Ava Muhammad was a known author of several books, including “Real Love.” She was a mentor, a teacher, and a radio host.
Sister Ava Muhammad leaves behind two daughters, Sasha and Cherelle, and her husband of 33 years, Brother Darius Muhammad.
Initial pathologist results show that her body was clean. She wasn’t in failing health, she didn’t suffer a stroke or heart attack. Results from the full autopsy are pending.